Research has always been an integral part of ADVANCE. During the NSF grant phase (2010-2017), several different research projects were conducted by a Social Science Research Team and an Evaluation Team. The Evaluation Team designed research projects to evaluate the impact and efficacy of ADVANCE program and activities, as well as the combined impact of ADVANCE Program. The Social Science Research Team conducted a set of research projects designed to contribute to social science studies of diversity, equity, and incusion. These projects contributed to research literature on women's experiences in STEM fields and tied into theoretical literature on a Psychologically Healthy Workplace.
Current Research Projects
The Research Team currently consists of the Director of ADVANCE and two Graduate Research Assistants (Elizabeth Jenkins and Vansa Hanson). The team is designing three research projects
: (1) a project that examines the relationship between climate and retention for faculty from underrepresented groups; (2) a project that examines the impact of STRIDE faculty search committee trainings on faculty search practices and outcomes; and (3) a project that looks at the differential impacts of COVID-19 in academia, with special focus on three vulnerable groups.
ADVANCE welcomes individuals who are interested in joining our current research projects. We welcome and value new perspectives and approaches. If you are interested in either of the projects described above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVANCE is also interested in providing support for faculty-led research projects that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives that target faculty at Texas A&M University. More information about this small grant opportunity will be posted in Spring 2020.
Past Research Projects
During the NSF grant phase, the Social Science Research Team conducted six different studies using data from the ADVANCE programs and activities. More detailed information about these studies can be found on the Past Research Projects page
and the Archived Reports page
Faculty Salary Studies
One component of the ADVANCE grant was the initiation of annual salary equity studies. The objective of these studies has been to determine whether or not there are statistically significant differences in monthly salary between male and female tenured/tenure-track faculty at Texas A&M University, adjusting for demographic factors such as title and years of service. These studies have helped identify individuals whose actual salaries were unusually high or unusually low, given the predictions of the salary model. Individuals with salaries that diverged sharply from the model predictions were flagged for follow-up by college administrators, and in many cases, equity adjustments were made for individuals (male and female) whose salaries were lower than expected. More information on the Faculty Salary Studies, including the annual reports, can be found on the Faculty Salary Studies
Faculty Climate Surveys
ADVANCE played an active role in the development, analysis, and distribution of faculty climate surveys that were conducted in 2012 and 2015. More information about these surveys, including reports for each college that participated in the surveys, can be found on the Faculty Climate Surveys
Members of the Social Science Research Team, the Evaluation Team, and the Principal Investigators worked on multiple publications during and after the NSF phase of the ADVANCE. Abstracts of these publications and PDF copies of each article can be found on the ADVANCE Publications